How-to! Fall Pumpkin & Floral Centerpiece

The upcoming holiday season is a time to reflect on all that you’re thankful for while spending time with loved ones. It’s also a time when many people will be entering your home to celebrate, so you might as well add some glamour and personality with themed decorations.

In this video I will be teaching you how to create a beautiful pumpkin and floral centerpiece. Display it in your home or give as a gift!

Supplies needed:
• Medium sized hollow pumpkin
• Medium sized vase
• Fall-colored spray paint of your choice
• Clear finishing spray paint
• Black acrylic paint
• Thin paintbrush
• Pencil
• Sharpie
• X-Acto knife
• Fresh flowers

How-to! Fall Pumpkin & Floral Centerpiece from Raquel Borrayo on Vimeo.

Seasoned Trendsetter

When leaves begin falling from the trees and holiday season is around the corner, the weather starts to get colder. My first thought is that I need a new wardrobe immediately to be prepared and ready for the change! I’m sure you all are thinking the same thing right? What do I wear now? How do I look fashionable when all I want to do is stay cuddled in bed with an oversized sweatshirt and baggy sweatpants? Don’t you worry fashion friends, I have got the key to looking good!

To start with the basics, the color of the season is emerald. Other popular colors are shades of blues and greys as well as pastel colors such as soft pinks, purples, blues, greens and yellows for women. According to the latest issue of Glamour Magazine, women have many “must-have” pieces for the upcoming fall and winter season. Having a little bit of everything will always allow your style to have variation. Repeating outfits is definitely breaking the fashion rule. With several different pieces in your closet, you can mix and match everything to spice up your wardrobe!

fall/winter fashion
Photo credit: Kelsey Norris
  1. Winter whites
  2. Knit beanies
  3. Classic patterns: leopard, plaid and pinstripes
  4. Over-the-knee boots
  5. Turtlenecks
  6. Shades of green (hence the emerald)
  7. Slouchy pants
  8. Statement outerwear: coats with fur, embellishments
  9. Folk-inspired pieces: pieces that represent culture
  10. Rounded shoulders

Men, on the other hand, are a little more simple when it comes to fashion. According to Business Insider, there are seven pieces that men should have in their closet. We all may be thinking that Business Insider isn’t a go-to fashion site, however, referring to an outside source for fashion proves that it is an essential part of daily life. Every girl likes a guy with style and the “must haves” listed below will land men that hot date they have been craving!

  1. Statement scarves
  2. Camo print
  3. Burgundy
  4. Black leather
  5. Plaid
  6. Cuffed pants
  7. Backpacks

Celebrate Every Day in October!

October offers much more than one holiday. Almost every day in October has a specific event to recognize something of importance. Halloween is the big attention grabber during the month, but some people don’t celebrate it due to religious or personal beliefs. With so many opportunities to celebrate multiple things, there is something for everyone!

According to National Whatever Day, there are around 40 kinds of festivities in the month of October. Some days have multiple events, and some event dates vary by year. As a student under so much stress, I love having new reasons to add some fun into my routine!

Save the date on your calendars!

Here are a few random, yet great days to acknowledge:

  • Tuesday, Oct.1 – World Vegetarian Day

Be sure to eat your greens! Go meatless this day, or try to enjoy at least one kind of veggie during the day. Buy local if possible!

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  • Thursday, Oct. 4 – National Frappe Day/National Taco Day

After all, it is that time for pumpkin spice flavored miracles. How these two edible items got their day of recognition combined? Beats me. Nevertheless, frappuccinos are blended goodness that can be purchased on campus at Common Grounds, Creekside Coffee (check hours of operation here). Frappuccinos can also be found downtown at Starbucks or Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Splurge and enjoy! They tend to be more enjoyable in a heated room when the weather cools down. I wouldn’t recommend eating a taco with a frappe, but you can end your day having a fun taco evening with friends.

  • Saturday, Oct. 5 – World Teachers’ Day

How many teachers have impacted your education for the better? Outstanding educators that go above and beyond are more challenging to come across. Especially the higher up you go in your academic career. Take time to compliment them through email, or face-to-face. Everybody thrives on positive feedback, even professors.

  • Friday, Oct 18 – National No Beard Day

It’s not quite “Novembeard” yet. Are you overdue for a trim? Are yesterday’s crumbs resurfacing in your facial hair? Head to a barber or find some clippers and rediscover your baby face. Already beardless advocates can rejoice in being overachieving celebrators.

  • National Cat Day

You’ve CAT to be KITTEN me right MEOW ! The procrastination process would never be the same without cats overloading the internet. If you own a cat, give them some extra treats and love on this day. Thinking of adding a furry friend to your family tree? Adoption is the way to go! Being cat-free doesn’t exclude you from the festivities either. If you have no access to real and/or internet kitties, be one. Find a laser pen, and a box big enough to fit your body. Sanity is optional.

Photo credit: Adriano Makoto Suzuki